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Old 11 Feb 2010
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anything is possible

anything and everything is possible of you really put your mind to it and want to do it -you will make it happen!
the question to really ask is why?
why do I want to do this this particular way?

yes - others have done it quicker- faster - better (?) - we all want different things from travel. Nick has done very fast trips and ends up completely knackered at the end - but he has always done things this way and he has a different and distinct purpose and expected end result for his trips.

the only thing I would be concerned about it is getting to certain places and really wishing that I had more time there.....but you can always plan for 4 months and just change things along the way!
We had originally planned for an 18 month/2 year trip when we started and now 7 years down the road........need I say more....

you are young grasshopper! ......isn't that how the saying goes! LOL

have fun and if you want any advice on anything you can send me an email.
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How do you get all your visa's within that time?
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it can be done

hi there

i think it can be done if he plan his route

i just finish reading a story of 3 bikers from Kuwait how visited 3 continants
nice story with many updated info

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I also set off from Kuwait, but i travelled alone and departed on June 18th last year and reached Seattle on July 21st travelling through Iran, Pakistan and China.
Trouble is my bike never reached Seattle. otherwise I would have continued.
Change of plan, so I will now continue with the rest of my trip this summer.

Anyway I don't think the riding will be the difficult part, it will be the bureaucrary that may slow you down.

A word of warning, please don't leave a country before your bike does.

Anyway just thought i'd let you know how much ground i covered in 4 weeks.

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Anything is possible, although it may be improbable or highly unlikely! You have to consider many things, first and foremost is why? Seriously, after all the traveling i have done in the years, i would never consider trying to circumnavigate the globe in such a short time. Why would you want to do that to yourself? Consider all the problems you will encounter: Engine problems, tire availability, visas, and all of your vital body fluids that at some point may spew out of your ass! That is if you give yourself enough time to stop and eat at some point. Staying healthy on the road can be hard, and especially if you plan on doing it as rapidly as you wish. Can it be done? I'm sure it can, but i'm pretty handy and well experienced, and i know i couldn't, nor would want to do it! Your biting off more than you can chew IMHO. Plan out a nice 3 month trip and go enjoy it. Take your time, taste the food, smell the flowers, enjoy the wildlife and stop to take a picture once and a while. Them you can brag about your HOLIDAY!! Practice one or two languages before you leave, it will be much more enjoyable if you can consult with the locals once and a while. Remember, Ewan and Charlie had each other to talk to, along with their camera man, doctor, etc... Believe me, i have all the respect in the world for what they have done and where they have gone, but apples and oranges my friend. BTW, and maybe i missed it, what bike are you planning to take?
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So to prevent arguement... ;Ø)

The consensus is that the trip is probably possible.

But as a side note we would just point out as a matter of interest that most of us would not bother getting out of bed to do it that way. We realise that question was not in the original post and the choice whether to go or not is entirely up to you.

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Sounds like an expensive way to earn bragging rights down the pub.
Hi Nick,

Some very sensible comments thus far, with the main theme quite rightly being the question of 'why' you want to do this. If it's just so you can say you've done it and that's all you want from the trip then go for it but as has already been said it's alot of riding and won't be much fun.

If you want to do this trip for the experience of seeing different cultures etc then I'd follow one of the suggestions above and choose a continent and really discover it. Ultimately, given the cost of a trip like this you want to firstly make sure you know WHAT you want to get from it, and then decide what kind of trip will deliver that.

There's no right or wrong here, of course, and each of us can only give our opinions - personally given that these things for most of us tend to be once in a lifetime events, I'd either spend your 4 months really having an adventure somewhere where you can really do it justice or if your heart's set on an RTW maybe hold off until you've finished your degree and do that without such a tough schedule hanging over your head.

Just my 2 cents worth and maybe not what you want to hear, but good luck with whatever decision you go with.
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"I've just started to look into a round the world trip I've been thinking about doing for a couple of years, but if I do it, it has to be during uni holidays which is 4 months. Does anyone have any idea if this could be done? I would probably ride about 8 hours a day and have a break every 2 weeks or so. Any information would be helpful."

why are so many people offering '2 cents worth' and 'no right or wrong' ? have some conviction*.

'just started looking', ok, you need to keep looking before deciding

'during uni holidays which is 4 months' and 'trip' are potentially ambiguous. with that logic, 'trip' becomes a race against time, and definitely not a holiday.

riding 8 hours a day is easy, you should aim for 12 or 13 hours and give yourself longer breaks. obviously, as you are beginning, you are not entertaining the idea of difficult terrain or bureaucracy slowing you down. Good Luck.

people bicycle the world in 5 - 6 months. if you can't do it in 4 months on a powered motorbike, then you're probably not riding hard enough.

tourism and time off is for jessies, ignore them...

*my advice would be to ride around a portion of Africa (for example), for 4 months, and enjoy your holiday. Forget the ridiculous idea of 4 months RTW.

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I agree with the general concensus on here. It is doable, but I see very little attraction to it.

If you just want to say you've gone RTW, fair enough.

However, a trip of this kind; any kind should surely about the places and people you meet and see. For that reason, I would moot not going RTW. Not yet.

Enjoy the benefits of academic holidays and, instead, explore some of Africa, some of Europe, some of the Stans etc, even the middle east and actually soak up some of the places you'll visit, instead of getting the merest whiff.

Finish Uni, work and save up then take your RTW over a year, using all the experience you'll have accumulated.

I wish you a lot of luck, but don't miss a great opportunity of memorable experiences simply to cover miles....
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